6. Matthew Ridgway
Gary Ridgway was notorious for murdering 49 women in the state of Washington before his capture in 2001. He earned the nickname “Green River Killer” because he dumped most of his victims’ bodies near the banks of the Green River. Ridgway often solicited prostitutes, who comprised many of his victims. He received multiple life sentences in prison after being convicted.
Ridgway’s son Matthew said in a 2003 interview that his father had been just a regular dad. Although he wasn’t a constant presence in his son’s life because of a divorce, he would show up for soccer games and taught Matthew how to ride a bike. He never knew of his father’s murder spree, although his dad would sometimes show victims his son’s picture or his bedroom to put them at ease.
Matthew was a 26-year-old Marine stationed at Camp Pendelton near San Diego when his father was first arrested. At the time of his last public interview in 2003, he was living in California with his wife.
5. Jenn Carson
In the early 1980s, Michael Carson and his second wife Suzan became known as the “San Francisco Witch Killers.” Together, they got heavily into drugs, mysticism, and the counterculture of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. The couple came to believe that they had a God-ordained mission to eliminate those they deemed to be “witches.” They killed three people before they were caught and confessed in 1983, though they never showed any remorse for their crimes.
Michael’s daughter Jenn was nine years old when her father went to prison. She says that at first, she didn’t cope well with what her dad did, struggling with depression and an eating disorder in her teens. She now works as a child and adolescent counselor to young people whose parents have been sent to prison. She’s also made efforts to reconcile with the families of her father’s victims.